>>And I have a feeling that the churches would empty out if the priests and pastors suddenly started poking at the congregations about stopping the use of contraceptives and start building those big families... <<
You might be surprised.
When I joined our parish, I was pleasantly surprised to listen to one of our priests speak of sin and tell us that if we didn’t start defending Jesus, we were going to be saying “Allah Akbar”. (in Michigan, mind you)
The priests DO speak of the sin of contraception, they have seminars on Natural Family Planning. Our pastor refuses to marry any couple that has been living together. We have more “family buses” in the parking lot than the local car lot up the street. 4 children is the norm, 12 is not unknown. Our “new mom” ministry is hopping. I know of two families that joined our parish and the father had his vasectomy reversed. Each mom started popping babies soon after. Adoption is a huge thing with us too. We looked into it but can’t afford it yet. God will provide if He wants us to.
When I got there 10 years ago, our envelope number was 756. Today, they are handing out the 2000s. People want to be told the truth.
Very good! People do want to be told the truth.
That doesn’t mean they’re going to like it after years of listening to untruths (or, more often, hearing nothing at all). We had a parish priest who gave a homily about contraception and sterilization a few years ago and the pastor told him he was never to discuss these things again, because he had received so many irate calls from parishioners. (Also, I don’t think the pastor himself supported the Church’s teachings.)
So it does take a priest with courage to start talking about these things, but once they do, people respond.
I am single and past childbearing, but witnessing for the faith is just as good also.
Glad to hear it...